Thirty-one empty social houses to be renovated in Mayo

Mayo has received an allocation of €320,000 for works on social housing that will see 31 social housing units in the county be renovated and brought up to standard.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, welcoming the news said: “There is a housing shortage across the country. Families in Mayo are in need of homes. This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area.”

His party colleague, John O’Mahony TD, said: “Empty houses regularly attract anti-social behaviour; they are unsightly and negatively impact local areas. We want to bring new life into these properties and to turn them into homes once again. This investment will not only benefit the individual families who are allocated a new property but it will enhance the community. It is good news for builders and good news for small businesses.”

Labour Party councillor for Castlebar Town, Harry Barrett, said: “This is positive news for the local community as boarded up houses detract from the area around them. The works will help to prevent anti-social behaviour which can occur at derelict sites, and will provide work for local builders and contractors. The local authority will now proceed with the works, which I hope will be carried out without delay.”

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